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MONITOR
Before designing a new pediatric waiting room for Chelsea and
Westminster Hospital (London), designers at Boex, an interior
and product design firm based in Cornwall, England, asked to
shadow the hospital staff for 24 hours to better understand the
workings of the 1,033-square-foot space.
What they found were metal chairs in long rows that didn't
accommodate parents holding or soothing young children;
aisles cluttered with strollers and other gear parents typically
bring with them; no clear separation of sick and well children;
and few positive distraction features to entertain waiting
patients. "The staff made a real effort to entertain the children,
including blowing bubbles," says Sam Boex, creative director
at Boex.
Armed with this insight on what was and wasn't working
in the waiting room, the team created a list of the goals and
design solutions for the project, including breaking up the

Seating bays and colorful visual
The new pediatric
cues, including floor and wall graphics
waiting area
for Chelsea and
and LED wall washes, help identify
Westminster Hospital
each of the zones, which are also
in London will use soft
separated by clear screens to maintain
lighting, comfortable
staff sightlines within the long, narrow
furnishings, art,
space. Custom-designed wood
and nature-themed
furniture is fixed to walls or bases and
graphics.
is coated with an antimicrobial lacquer,
while some lightweight seating and play pieces are made of 100
percent sealed firm foam that can be made into any shape or

space into three distinct zones for infectious and non-infectious
patients and babies. The project, which is expected to open
in fall 2016, is also designed with more flexible seating options
and a bright materials and color palette. "We used the idea
of creating forms and contours to evoke a natural landscape
of coves and dells, using tactile timber for the majority of the
seating," Boex says.

color.
The firm also worked closely with the hospital's charity, CW+,
which raised funds to commission custom audio, visual, and
digital installations for the waiting room, including a series of
video animal portraits by Bridge Co. and custom wallcoverings
by artist Maddy Sargent. "The overall effect will be a light, natureinspired and child-centered waiting area," Boex says.-AD

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